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Three Chargers with the most to prove in 2018

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 06: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 17-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 06: Cornerback Jason Verrett #22 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after intercepting a pass in the third quarter against the Denver Broncos at Qualcomm Stadium on December 6, 2015 in San Diego, California. The Broncos won 17-3. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images) /
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Geno Smith

The third and final guy with the most to prove is the newly acquired quarterback. With the news of his signing raising many questions, Geno Smith’s unimpressive career is hitting its untimely end.

Lucky for him, a chance to beat out young quarterbacks and back up Rivers might just be his saving grace as he attempts to find his bearings on his third team.

Starting his career with the New York Jets, he had very unimpressive stats (28:36 td-int ratio), and was released after only four years on the team. After making his way to the other side of the stadium with the New York Giants, he still failed to impress and was released after one year.

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Now in L.A., Smith has the most to prove because this could very well be his last chance to make an NFL roster. Competing with two young quarterbacks who have no combined starts, it is his position to lose and his final opportunity.

With a history of mediocre backups and an aging Rivers, Geno’s success will be rewarded if he takes over due to the talent already on offense. This also provides a chance to redeem his career should he get the call after Phil’s retirement.

If Geno fails, he will not make it past preseason cuts and he may as well kiss his career goodbye. He will have to prove he is still the coveted player he once was in West Virginia.

These guys have the most to prove and the most to lose as they compete for a shot on a talented roster . Whether it be making big plays or simply being a solid backup, they can greatly improve the roster.

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